Apparently there was some sphinx drama, which I found out about only after the fact. How much do I love Mod R? Thiiiiis much.
To date we have written 28 novels and a handful of novellas and short stories. If we ballpark it at 100,000 words per novel – some are less but the novellas make up for it – we’re at 2,800,000 words. If each word was a dollar bill and we stacked them on top of each other, it would reach to the height of 1,002.4 feet.
It is inevitable that in a body of work that large, some words and concepts are repeated. Especially, since Kate Daniels is a heavily mythological series that alone spans over 1,000,000 words. Most well known mythological creatures are either featured or mentioned in the series.
KD and Innkeeper both have vampires and knights. KD, Innkeeper, the Edge, and Hidden Legacy all have shapeshifters. KD and the Edge have witches, and so on. People in all three series have eaten breakfast.
The list goes on. It’s highly possible that we will have a sexy djinn dude in the future or a hilariously comical manticore, because reinterpreting familiar concepts is fun for us.
It’s exciting to make connections between the series. I remember when Gordon casually told me that Simon Green’s Hawk and Fisher are really Prince Rupert and Princess Julia from Blue Moon Rising, it blew my mind. I am dense and it flew right by me the first time I read it.
But when an author has used rancid spaghetti as an example of something that’s gross twice in 15 years and almost 3 million words or features characters that are eating sausage and pancakes during breakfast – an American staple, saying that the authors are obsessed with it is a bit of a stretch. Comments like this are frequently removed, first, because they often cross the line into making assumptions about us as people and second, because they generate a long line of responses arguing with it. Feelings inevitably get hurt, and nobody likes that.
To stress, this is not a judgement by any means. It’s flattering when readers feel passionate about your work. This is mostly about preventing long drawn-out arguments.
That said, yes, we are totally obsessed with breakfast. And brinner. Brinner is awesome.
Now for the really important question: will we be putting sphinxes into Hidden Legacy?
If it means that much to you, I’m sure we can add House Sphinx in there somewhere.
Hah, House Sphynx!
BDH, please speculate on powers.
I vote for Giving their enemies “THE EYE” (which causes uncomfortable, uncontrollable squirming)
Their powers are information. You answer a riddle, and you get an answer. They don’t need to actually know the answer to give the correct one (its magic) but get it wrong and you are cursed. Also if a prime asks you with a riddle the magic takes place whether you want it to or not.
House Sphinx… I’m feeling information brokers. Able to absorb information and only release it under specific circumstances.
Or possibly prerogative powers, fortune tellers. They see and tell you your future in the form of a riddle.
That is great! I can’t imagine what that would look like, but I love it!
Barbara Swanson says
oh, this is dynamite! How about this: They give a warning to the outside person: If you engage further, you will be subject to our magic. THEN, if the person does engage, they activate the riddle magic: now, the outside person has to be able to answer the Sphynx riddle or suffer the consequences…
Love this concept: it’s pretty much how my mother did the ‘I’m going to count to three’ thing, except she never said that, she just said, ‘one.’
Our (my brother & I) heads came up like bird dogs. Half the time we hadn’t realized that whatever we were up to was wrong, but we always knew then, and that we had a choice. Keep on doing it & at three catch the flak, or stop, and nothing more was said. Lectures were rare as that ‘one’ said it all.
It worked – choices are good.
You could also look at it this way. The only way someone would remember rancid spaghetti from a previous book was if they were repeatedly rereading said book and have it essentially memorized. As for statements that the authors are obsessed with the concept of rancid spaghetti, these are a bit much – it seems more likely the readers were obsessive ones and need to find other ways to spend their time between books.
We are not judging. It is very flattering when someone is obsessed with your work. We only try to lessen the work load on Mod R, because moderating arguments is labor intensive.
Personally, as a reader, I found both of those scenes particularly memorable so where other elements that were used multiple time faded into the background, these stuck with me. No complaints, I loved both those scenes and literally LOL’d in Bayou Moon.
Could we get the “hilariously comical manticore” instead of a sphinx?
Moderator R says
Put your hand down, Katherine ????
Edit to say: I’m not bullying Katherine, we know eachother and been through a foxhole or 2 together so I’m just being cheeky ????. I’ll be nicer to the rest of you.
How do you know that that is the Katherine you think you know? Hmmmmm….?
Moderator R says
I can see people’s email addresses in the admin interface ????
Patricia Schlorke says
Ooo, Mod R sees all, knows all. See? I told everyone she’s the head BDH wrangler. 😀
You should have let them think you have superpowers, lol
How about a “hilariously comical manticore” that thinks it’s a sphinx? Two mythologicals, one character.
Megan W says
Who both think they’re eating rancid spaghetti!
That was gold ????
Or maybe the ferocious Australian Dropbear…
Sydney Girl says
All dropbears smell like rancid spaghetti!!! All of them!!!!
House Sphinx!!! Sexy Djinns? Y’all are better than coffee this morning. Not touching the breakfast topic! Brinner is a thing and I love that you honor it.
Rachel RobinsonHunley says
Both… we want both
We do enjoy brinner now and then but I never knew it had a name. Once again, House Andrews expands my vocabulary. ????
Brinner – is that the one where you have breakfast foods for dinner, or dinner foods for breakfast? ????
I once had dessert tapas for dinner once – a dinner made entirely of lots of small portions of pudding. It was amaaaazing, but the sugar rush was killing ????
Moderator R says
I’m just saying, if three people make three puddings each, you’re set ????
Brinner is breakfast foods for dinner. 🙂 It makes more sense, actually, because if you look at the traditional US or UK breakfast, with eggs, pancakes, sausage/bacon or both, it’s quite a calorie load.
We eat breakfast foods for dinner frequently but I never knew it had a name! Brinner. Cool.
Who has the time and energy to make a big breakfast in the morning. ????. It’s one of my favorite meals though.
Where I live, most restaurants have a menu section called All Day Breakfast…we love eating breakfast items any time of the day!
When Im tired, or the kids have had late activities we often have brinner. Pancakes, oatmeal, turkey bacon! Its filling and fast
Used to live in a little college town in VA that had an amazing coffee shop with cheesecakes of various kinds. Girl friends and I would go there once a month or so and eat our dinner. It was so decadent. (No they didn’t provide anything else – wonderful coffee and even better cheesecake.)
When it comes to pancakes, _any_ time of day makes sense to me, but that’s a me-problem 😉
Waffles rule! LOL
Once upon a time, a work trip/symposium kinda thing more or less accidentally landed me in a rather swanky hotel. Their breakfast service included among many, many other things the option of freshly made to order pancakes and waffles. I now have empirical proof that pancakes work fine for my breakfast, but waffles with whipped cream and m&ms were a bridge too far at seven in the morning ????
But yeah, fresh waffles with whipped cream and strawberries is a tough thing to beat when it comes to midmorning or afternoon snack ????
Lunch has not been specifically confirmed so that is obviously not a thing in the books. Also, this way leads to catgirls and catboys and I don’t know if the multiverse, which is totally happening in the minds of the BDH, can handle that.
Can House Sphinx include sexy Djinn family members?
Michele G says
I love Brinner. A good old English breakfast fry-up is a comfort food at any time.
We know House Andrews writes about comfort food : see cake, tacos, pancakes, capriccio & sushi ❤️.
Carol J says
MMMMMMmmmm….Brinner! My Mom used to make this for us, and I am totally on board with the concept 😉
Oooh, House Sphinx sounds AWESOME.
So does hilariously comical manticore. Anything goes really. I don’t care, I’m just enjoying having new reading material.
Inga Abel says
The only bad thing one can complain about the food in your books is, that reading about Orros delicacies always make me crave some!
Otherwise: don‘t listen to the idiots!
And sphinxes!?! ???? Will there be riddles?
Greets from cold Switzerland!
Love it, please put the sphinx into HL also!
Can I just comment that no matter how much I like you guys and think Gordon is a great guy, bread machines are evil. They take something meant to be artisanal and relaxing and turn it into an automated chore.
We can use supermarkets to get that kind of tortured product.
That said, best of luck!
Carol J says
You guys are the best…no problems here! Just keep doing what you do, so well, and I (for one) will be over the moon! And I also have the positive feels for the inestimable Moderator R! Hope everyone has a lovely day, filled with good things (and tea… 🙂
W Adams Fisher says
???????????? Love all your books, equally!!!
Judy Schultheis says
My only thought when it came out that the portal guardian giving Sean trouble was a sphinx was “That works”.
I can’t figure out why some people seem to think if everything isn’t bright sparkling new, it’s no good. Me, if something you’ve already done the bloody research on fits the story, you should damn well use it!
Lynn Latimer says
I am a big fan of Linner. Combining lunch and dinner mid afternoon.
Love Brinner! We had it for a formal at Uni once…three courses of breakfast – it was heavenly!
House Cerfinx? Weren’t they the animator house who made library books that twack you over the head when they were overdue?
???? love this!
That would certainly help me with my forgetfulness problem. Having that happen might even improve my memory.
I just wanted to drop in to express how much joy your blog brings me! I love all your books of course (HUGE fan!!!!), but reading your blog is just as good! Thank you for sharing little snippets of your lives and your sense of humor and caring and thoughtfulness. Puts a smile on my face!
Personally I enjoy when any food shows up in the stories. In an action filled plot the bits with food are usually tiny snippets of comfort and/or humor- and I savor those. Since I am a serial re-reader I’ll say I didn’t notice the spaghetti but I noticed pierogi comes up a few times in the KD world. This usually reminds me that pierogi is yummy and I don’t have them often enough ????
Nancy Hasbach says
The pierogis make me really hungry. My mother used to make them from scratch. it was a family affair. Dad actually made the dough after my Mom’s hands couldn’t do it anymore. I was in charge of mashed potatoes and cheese fillings. Also frying the boiled perogi in butter and onions.
Love this too!!
My grand-daughter is a cat person…????
A mix between a woman ,lion , and has wings .
If you can’t answer the riddle… your cat food … hehehe .
As far as eating goes, I don’t believe there are rules. Eat what you like, when you like. In a heroic effort to clean out leftovers, I just had King Ranch Casserole for breakfast!! It was great!. Also, regarding the word repetition thing, I reread your books often. Not telling how much. I look for various words I know will be there. This isn’t a complaint or criticism. It’s a recognition of your world and how happy I am to be in it. One example: ‘delicious.’ I’ve seen it several times and every time I read it, I smile. So, that’s my take. **smile**
Mary Beth says
Oooh. I have an idea.
What I’d love to see racing around Hidden Legacy?
Smart chickens wearing Pope Hats, arguing philosophy. Fantastic!
Or, what about the weasels in love with fart guns? And loud, flashy toys? (with or without the shoe?)
Bree L says
Know what I’ve noticed they LOVE?! Water features or running water oases running indoors. They are all over their books…and I personally find it a lot of fun to find them again. I keep wondering if House Andrews has an indoor fountain or if one day they will start talking about the koi pond they built through the entry.
(for the curious –and from memory only–: the hotel where the Mercs work in KD, Arland’s personal larger ship where the water doesn’t slosh in space, Julie’s hidden place in BH has a stream into lotus flowers, House Sherwood’s offices in Wildfire is a koi stream/pond, and a few of Dina’s guest rooms have indoor water features…I might be forgetting a few other scenes but that’s enough to know they LOVE these and it makes me smile. )
Am now checking comments for expected shipping of Arabella and a Sphinx.
Ok, that one made me laugh out loud and had my mother yelling down asking what was so funny!
Nancy C. says
I think ‘House Sphinx’ t-shirts would be wonderful.
^ that’s all I came to say 🙂 ^
thank you for indulging my daydream
Heather Griff says
Yes. That and BDH shirts!
Please House Andrews or Mod R.
I have a feeling there are quite a few of us who would wear our BDH affiliation with pride. ????
Nancy Weaver says
Sphinx gate guards are interesting. I am waiting for the shoe to drop over the cake. I expect explosive drama.
lol and +1!
Jon P. says
Hrm…The Great Sphinx of Giza could turn out to be an ancient construct that an animator prime accidentally or on purpose reactivates.
Jo Ann K Robinson says
I favor almost every type of cat … especially a local black one with glowing green eyes … yeah it is very common sight. However the mystery of a coal black cat with glowing green eyes as it trots across the infrared video of my house security camera at 3:30 am … . Actually it was more like a shadow slither than a ghosting slither. Spooky sight with only the glowing green eyes turning to view the camera lens, but the scene did give me pause.
that’s pretty cool, actually. In my yard you’d probably get to see the stupid grandfather possum. He’s a monster and not cute like the little ones.
Kim S says
“Sexy man flipping pancakes” is an image I am down for, repeat as often as you like. In fact, after this comment, I am going to daydream a pancake cook-off featuring all my favorite IA men. But not Hugh. I can’t see Hugh cooking. Roman, though… Rafael, Bern, Sean, damn, this is getting good.
Rancid spaghetti not so much, but it is a highly sensual image, in an extremely not-sexy meaning. You got all five senses grossing out at once. It’s memorable, to say the least.Rancid spaghetti put the kabosh on those lovely images above. Excuse me, gotta day dream waiting!
Mad Rogan cooked the pancakes for Augustine “Pancakes” Montgomery. Got your imagery right there for ya!
So House Sphinx is a Middle Eastern Elenchus House with twist, eh? If you can’t answer correctly/truthfully it allows them past your mental shields or allows them to dominate you? That would be awesome!
Richard Cartwright says
God’s honest, it’s a tribute to you and Gordon that you managed to describe shapeshifters in all the KD books and made it sound reasonably fresh every time. After a while there’s going to be some repetitive stuff.
Maria Schneider says
As an author and as a not-author, I’m obsessed with food. Breakfast included. I would expect pancakes and bacon to come into play in most books I write. And most breakfasts that I personally serve. But I’m completely open to French toast, or hashbrowns covered in green chile with an over-medium egg perched on top. Oh, I’ll even go Texas and biscuits and gravy, although I prefer my actual biscuits with just butter, while the menfolk in my life always want “MORE gravy and MORE meat!” And my “go-to quick” breakfast is scrambled eggs, sometimes with salsa, always with cheese. My husband is from Wisconsin so there is often a good Wisconsin summer sausage slice or three with any breakfast.
I’ve heard of oatmeal too. 🙂
Carry on writing about food. Even if it is redundant food. Or the same characters eating it!
First, caveat—this is simply my opinion, worth nothing. Next
When I look at a hairless cat or dog, I’m truly creeped out. I’ve had long haired cats and dogs and short haired dogs and cats but, to me, the essence of “dog”and “cat” is fur. It gets on the couch (OFF THE COUCH!), my black slacks attract it like crazy. I have hairballs of fur hiding under my bed that are truly monumental. (I really think one or two of them escaped from my copy of one of Jayne Castle’s Harmony books. If I see two blue eyes, I’m running.)
BUT, in defense of fur, it is soft, cuddly, sleek, and belongs on my furry pets.
Moderator R says
Joey, is that you? 😀
I thought you were getting a Sphinx kitty! Thanks for free fiction.
I just want you to know every time I’m having a bad day, your posts pop up on my feed and RUIN it! Thank you so much for that and doing what you do!
Now I’m having images of a sphinx that can’t get the riddle out because he has an obsession with brinner and can’t stop eating. ????
JoAnn Arnold says
I have an older bread machine that I rarely use. One thing I learned is the machine instructions have a definite order to placing the ingredients in the machine. If you do not do it their way, the machine gives you iffy bread. I dug it out last month to make chocolate chip bread, a recipe I’ve never done. I forgot to follow the order. The yeast was new but it took forever to rise and was dense. that might be part of the problem.
How far back should I go to find the sphinx discussion?
I obviously missed it somehow…
Also, I love the water features, too, but I’m glad this is fiction – They are a real bear to keep running IRL.
Moderator R says
You won’t find it, because I modded it away 😉
Sorry I missed that. NOT. Thank you for waving the mod wand. My personal favorite is when young readers discover older authors, then accuse them of stealing ideas from the young reader’s favorite author, who first published years after the older author’s books came out. Copyright page, it’s a thing.
I saw a newspaper cartoon in this vane once…A boy & father were walking past a theater marquee advertising a Bob Dylan. The child said ‘I didn’t know Jacob Dylan’s ( The Wallflowers) dad made music’. ????
Sorry, I just noticed a missing word …‘Bob Dylan concert…‘
The classic “Did you know Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings?”
I am not sure – it may be urban legend – and it’s probably too old for the current crop of youngsters.
But most of us will probably get it?
Even my kids would get that one. Of course, they’re in their 30s.
Thanks. I thought I was really losing it.
Valerie in CA says
I like this post. A lot. That’s all I am going to say (write). I don’t want a loaf of bread maker bread thrown my way. ???? Lol
Morgan Smith says
I worry, in my stuff, that I’m repeating phrases or emotions or situations, but really – how many different things can people eat for breakfast in North America? How many ways are there to describe abject terror?
There’s bound to be some crossover, and I’ve only got five fantasy novels under my belt.
amber dawn says
As a person owned by my Furless babies , they love all people, have never met a stranger . they just happen to not have hair(I don’t miss cleaning hair up).
As to Food, Who here doesn’t love it, no matter what time you eat it.
As to the Wonder that is House Andrews I hope they, have a Happy
New Year and lots of Fun , in what ever they write for the crazy mass’s that i happen to be part of.
I can totally understand the obsession with breakfast. Best meal for any time of the day!!!
Mary Cruickshank Peed says
My son-the-chef just stomped thru saying “Leftover chili for dinner because cooking sucks”.
Usually when he doesn’t feel like cooking he does brinner. I don’t know why were having leftover chili, except the chili was very good.
Brinner requires cooking and leftover chili just requires heating it up? Will he snap if you ask for cornbread? Hehe, we can’t eat chili without either cornbread or fritos.
That’s the best argument I’ve ever heard for Fritos.
Chili mac, baked potato w/ chili, cheese enchiladas w/ chili gravy…
I could go on, but it makes me hungry. Time for brunch!
Chili is good on baked potatoes. Also with some grated cheese or sour cream and chives. And a big bowl of apple slices and carrot sticks. Comfort food!!
Bill G says
Obsession with eating sounds like a basic human condition; I certainly don’t understand the things some folks obsess on. Sphinxes, now, are something to obsess on.
Yes, yes, YES to House Sphinx!!!
Gotta love what people get worried about. I read your books and it literally never occurs to me that you may have used the same idea twice. And frankly I love the fact that your characters are “real”, meaning they are concerned about their food and their houses and their families and their jobs. It makes for a much richer characterization and plot. I care about the worlds you have created and the people and animals that inhabit them. Innkeeper would be so much poorer without Orro, Caldenia and Beast! I just wish I had a tiny dot of your imagination.
PS I totally vote for sexy djinn!
+ a lot!!! ????????
I’m late to the party, but this sums it all up for me too. Nicely put.
The only answer is a riddle?
Moved house recently and did a lot of decluttering. The bread machine didn’t make the cut but the book on bread by James Morton did! The milk bread recipe in there is amazing, it’s stale within 24 hours but completely gone in about half the time…
Love Simon Greens “Forrest Kingdom” and “Hawk and Fisher” series. I was suspicious for the longest time that Hawk and Fisher were Rupert and Julia and loved when I finally figured it out. so much fun when authors can connect things that way.
Im sticking my comment on to this one as it’s the first one I have seen talking about the Hawk and Fisher part of the post:
Is House Andrews aware that GraphicAudio released all of the Hawk and Fisher stories as Graphic Audio books?! I’m currently listening to book 4 (having already finished 1-3) and have not been disappointed at all. I haven’t read the books in years, so I am unsure if everything is exactly as the book was, but it feels right to my memories.
As soon as I can snag the GrapicAudio version of Clean Sweep from Audible, I will.
Isn’t brinner just… lunch? Halfway between breakfast and dinner?
Or is a midnight breakfast (a staple of finals week when I was in college) brinner? Wouldn’t that be Dinfast?
…actually, dinfast sounds like a pretty accurate term for what happens when you throw a midnight feast for a few hundred furiously caffeinated college students mid-finals-week.
Moderator R says
It’s the foods typically eaten for breakfast but had at dinner time ????.
Dinfast sounds about right hehe
Huh. Well it’s definitely shorter than “breakfast for dinner” which is what we called it lol 🙂
I vote yes for house sphinx!
Mod R really is amazing. <3
Lol…I’m totally making brinner tonight! I don’t like to eat when I wake up so I normally skip breakfast but I love breakfast food so I normally make it once a month!
Now I’m obsessing over a sexy, future djinn, just saying ????
Nathalie Turcotte says
Sphinx house should be in security. If they hide something for you, you either need another sphinx or a sphinx key to get it. The higher the power, the more they can hide and the harder it is to find. A finder sphinx can locate anything, but they have to balance the speed at which they find something with hiding something of value. Maybe they work on spells for five years to avoid finding costs, but if you want something tomorrow it costs your family home or hiding a child. there could be a cool witness protection aspect where they hide someone valuable and balance that with finding something else.
Wait, you guys are regular humans like the rest of us! Like we don’t repeat, favor certain saying, and #gasp# make a mistake. Your stories have inspired me to read deeper about mythology, guns, history and so much more. I have learned so much by reading your stories. Please keep inspiring the hordes, even if some don’t get it!
Imagine the annoying passive field : you are forced to talk in riddles that rythme ????
Gotta ask…what is ‘brinner’??
Must admit, as a Scot, I struggle with the concept of biscuits and grits. Your biscuits look like scones and taste awful! Not a fan of grits either but when I was in Texas & Georgia, I did try them most mornings in the hope they might improve. They didn’t! I do like pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast though.
J. Lovett says
American biscuits are meant to be a bread or roll you can put gravy on or make a breakfast sandwich with a sausage patty and egg. You can also make it sweet with honey or jam (I looove lemon curd).
Funnily enough, we have “English muffins” that are basically biscuits used for eggs Benedict.
Moderator R says
Brinner is when you have typical breakfast foods for dinner 🙂 . Who amongst us hasn’t done a fry up for tea hehe. Although hold the blood pudding for me, thx.
I recognize that some things will cross over from one series to another but it seems to me they have each had their own spin related to the book they are in so they were fantastic anyway.
Sphinx or djinn? It doesn’t matter to me. I know I will love the book anyway.
Brinner was a staple growing up for me too. Haven’t done it much for my family because I have an AWESOME husband who loves to cook.
Love the word Brinner! Now we know what some of our dinners are called. Heheh!
Lol. I read that chapter of innkeeper and thought-it’s always apples. Apple cake, apple pie…
House Sphinx would be cool. Just last week one of our meals was our version of breakfast pizza. When I win the lottery I think I will have someone come and make brunch at the house once a month. So I can eat brunch in my jammies ????
J. Lovett says
Haha, that was me! Sorry, I didn’t mean to start drama. I love your writing, but was confused over it being in two books written so close together.
Hoping you have lots of delicious tea and colorful yarn for the winter!
If there is ever a House Sphinx, there shall be a Julia in it. 😀
I am sorry if I in any way contributed to that too with an offhand comment about IA liking sphinxes/guardians. Didn’t mean anything by it or realize how it sounded. I love these books and using mythological creatures in various forms in different stories (well, it’s only two, out of many) makes perfect sense to me. They’re cool.
Moderator R says
No worries, Jess ????
Sarah Richardson says
Please help Mod R or BDH. I just finished re-reading all the KD POV books in the series (TBH I skipped book 6 because I can’t stand the interactions with Lorelei, but I digress). I swear I remember a book where Kate is investigating something at an antique shop and the owner throws a bunch of snakes at Kate and she climbs on the counter to avoid them and gets stuck there and almost dies. While she’s almost dying she takes pictures of the crime scene and addresses them to Jim. Later she sneaks back into the warehouse of the antique store and calls Roman to help her get out. In my re-read I never came across this. What book is this from? Did I make it up? Is it another series that I’ve somehow converted into KD in my head? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
It wasn’t Kate, it was her sharp-shooting bouda friend. It’s in her book
Sarah Richardson says
Thank you all so much. I knew you could help me out. My poor brain just had convinced me it was Kate, and I hadn’t read Andrea’s book. Ha, that’ll teach me.
Andrea in Gunmetal Magic. 🙂
Sarah Richardson says
Thank you! Note to self, “don’t skip books.” 🙂
Sarah Richardson says
Also, just wanted to clear up my comment about book 6. I loved that book (as I love all of your books). I think you are such great writers that you can write characters that I get so wrapped up in. In this case, Lorelei is so incredibly mean and vindictive that I just couldn’t handle her in my current state of mind. Sorry if my comment came off as rude. I didn’t intend it to be that way.
I knew it sounded familiar. It is not Kate Daniels, but Andrea, in _Gunmetal Magic_. So from the KD world, just not Kate herself. Admittedly, I also thought it might be from the Death Before Dragons series because it does sound like something Val might get herself into, but after an hour rummaging around in that world, realized that neither Jim or Roman live there, so it had to be either Andrea or Julie, or possibly a short story or novella in KD. Hope that helps!
Sarah Richardson says
Ooh, I’ll have to check out this Death Before Dragons. Thanks for your help… and the book recommendation.
House Sphynx, lol
The cat in the pic is gorgeous. I want one, or two
Can we theorise as how??
Will they be the Swiss bank of Houses? Guarding your valuables unless you can give them the solution to the three puzzles for withdrawal. ( I renounce all copywrite claims on this HA ????????????????)
Maybe the Emmets Family (sp) should have considered it for their amplifier. On the other hand it would have completely wrecked Hidden Legacy book 1. Adam would have not been able to pull off collecting it in one novel ????
What about House Brinner? O:-)
Sexy djinn dude!!!!!!!! Sexy djinn dude!!!! :))) <3<3<3<3<3
Yes. Yes. I want House Sphinx. Or any Sphinx in HD. I really, really want it. So nice of you to ask! 😀 Will it have egyptian roots? We need some family history.
However, I definitly wouldn’t say no to the hilariously comical manticore either. 😉 You got it, and I think most of us love the reinterpretation of the same creatures in different series.
Chris neko says
Ok this is only are Suggestion why dont you Use are birdman (man whit eagle head)
Ore a Stone China Temple dog , sorry have forgoten the Name of this .
Wish you all good work and bright wheather
House Sphinx would be fun. 🙂 Anyone who fails to answer their questions properly gets attacked… or with an Egyptian heritage with cat-like skills. and -wearing a tinfoil hat- since the BDH likes links to other worlds, perhaps ties to a specific jackel god who wanted to take over Andrea?!?! (kidding!)
And brinner is wonderful. Who’s not obsessed with food? Speaking of, it’s time for elevenses… should that be leftover spaghetti before it turns rancid, or fajitas -another favorite item listed- or additional sausage? 🙂
Debi Ennis Binder says
I never heard the term “brinner.” Of course, I googled it. How cool is it to learn I’ve been trendy all along. Keep up the enlightening work!
House Sphinx? Yes, please.
Thank you Mod R! And It’s so exciting to see how critters get reimagined in the different worlds you all make!
Sphinxes whenever possible please…
Now… breadmakers are a trial.
The best cook I know got one years ago – and not only wouldn’t let anyone eat the first THREE productions, she wouldn’t feed them to her dogs (which usually manage to beg SOMETHING off her – and can apparently digest ANYTHING). Over the next year or so, a few further productions were declared EVIL upon arrival and also summarily dispatched.
The last time I was there, she had taken various cheeses which had been in the fridge so long they were too hard for even the dogs and ground them down to powder. Into the bread mix they went – along with a couple of other things she thought likely. The result was DELICIOUS!
So, don’t give up on the breadmaker just yet. You’ll get there and be happy you did.
My favorite line: people in all three series have eaten breakfast ???????????? cackling in my house at this!
Sydney Arthur says
I love brinner, and have for years. And now I have a cool new name for it!
If it makes you feel better, I’m at the nitpicking of fine details stage because Hidden Legacy has been added to my Comfort Listening list, along with the Murderbot Diaries. (Nothing beats Kevin R Free and his rendition of Murderbot)
I listen when I need a break or need to destress.
Ista in Sydney says
I love that the BDH just embrace House Sphinx.
We must be like sugared up toddlers to manage
Debi Majo says
???????????? you have challenged me to bake things I never have made before! Catalina’s Apple “thing” was fabulous!
Ms. Kim says
All cat lovers must surely love and be in awe of the Sphinx. But actually, when I read the description, I thought it was going to be one of those cat creatures that had tried to invade Auul.
cheryl z says
Better House Sphinx than House Sphincter. Glad I am not an admin in this crazy, world.
Hmmm i have now gone in search of Blue Moon Rising and suddenly want sausage and pancakes for blupper
Linda Trainor says
Use that you need. We use me read it all and know that you are the best.
Lynn Thompson says
Bwah ha ha ha. Thank you, Ilona Andrews for the post.
OMG. We need a House Sphinx. Just because I want to know what their powers are. I missed the drama. But I like missing drama. I like my drama to come from your stories.
I think they should only be able to speak in riddles when they help you get information. So if you guess the riddle right: then the magic works and they get the answer to give you. If you get the riddle wrong, forget about it o answers. But they can decide what riddle to give you. So if they want you to success they give you a softball. But if they want to scr*w you, you aren’t ever going to be able to figure that riddle out.
What happened to Double D?
Elizabeth Hull says
Sometime, if possible and practical, I’d love to see that Babba Yanga book published. I still want to know what happened.
Moderator R says
Ummm, which Baba Yaga (not Yanga ????) book would this be?
I just came across a passage in Andy Weir’s new book that made me laugh, & I wondered if Ilona has a comment?
Weir, Andy, Project Hail Mary (Ballantine, 2021), p. 268:
I leaned to Dimitri. “Are all Russians crazy?”
“Yes,” he said with a smile. “It is the only way to be Russian and happy at the same time.”
“That’s . . . dark.”
“That’s [italics] Russian!”
Any Chance we can get more POV from Curran?
No. That series is finished.
Not sure you would have to explain the use of characters or the food the eat. Would I be interested in any of the books written by those that would judge you on this? Probably not.
Your writing abilities are amazing. There have been other authors that I have followed thru 6 to 8 books and stopped because of repetition, or the predictability of the situations. You, however, have kept me for many years. The food is great, but then I have eaten a breakfast of rice and fish in one county and boiled potatoes, tomatoes with home made vodka in another. Some how those just don’t fit the stories.
If House Sphinx is actually turned into a repository of information as Wey suggests and is commented upon, then it makes a bit of logical sense that some entity (or person, mage, etc,) has created or found a backdoor into the info. JMHO